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Southern Arizonans split on GOP tax bill

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TUCSON - Jo Holt and Anthony Sizer are on very different ends of the spectrum when it comes to the GOP tax bill that passed the Senate 51-49 early Saturday morning.

Holt is the Pima County Democratic Party Chair. 

"I can't believe it's more important for the Republican Party to feel they have a legislative victory than it is to do the right thing for working families in this country," Holt said. 

The tax bill dramatically lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. 

According to the Congressional Budget Office the plan adds $1 trillion to the debt over 10 years and includes steep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid by getting rid of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate. 

"It's got to start somewhere," Sizer a CD-2 candidate for the Arizona Legislature, said. "The lower income are benefiting, the middle class are benefiting, and quite frankly the rumors that are going around that the rich are getting a lot of benefits, tax benefits are just not true."

Henry Trejo is with the Alliance for Retired Americans. He worries cuts to Medicare will directly affect his pockets.

"If they cut Medicare, I will be forced to go to Medicaid and there will be nothing left," Trejo said. "Republicans care about a victory at our expense." 

Sen. Jeff Flake was one of the last GOP hold outs. He tweeted he came around to backing the bill because the Trump administration and Senate GOP leadership promised him he would have a seat at the table for negotiations on DACA early next year.

Both the House and Senate versions of the tax bill will go to conference committees in each body in order to get a final bill to the floor for a vote. President Trump is on record saying he wants a bill on his desk before Christmas.  

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